Saturday, January 18, 2014

Epiphany 2 A - John 1:29-42

When Jesus asks John’s disciples “What are you looking for?” they answered by asking Jesus “where are you staying?” It doesn't make a lot of sense unless it was the only way they could avoid admitting they didn't really know what they were looking for. But Jesus knows exactly what they are looking for and where they will find it. “Come and see” invites them into a relationship that will change their lives forever. And it all happened around four in the afternoon. Imagine that. Lifelong Lutherans generally don’t identify a day when they were “saved” let alone a specific hour in the afternoon. Not that we don’t experience moments of spiritual renewal or refreshment. But to be baptized into faith before we could walk let alone “come and see” means we grow into our faith as a gift that is familiar and yet always new. We are continually invited into a life of “come and see” and like Andrew share with others the truth we have come to know. “We have found the Messiah.” Although if Andrew were a Lutheran he would have told his brother, “The Messiah found us.” Which truthfully is what happened that day around four in the afternoon.

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